“Never brag about what you will do in the future; you have no idea what tomorrow will bring.” Proverbs 27:1 (ERV)
When my brother and I were young, we were taught to pray before going to sleep. However, we added a little more of our own accord. As siblings, we would have some disagreements and before we went to sleep we wanted to make sure we had forgiven each other. We developed our own sign language. We would point to ourselves and then to each other, while nodding our heads. Meaning? Forgive me and I forgive you. We just wanted to be ready to meet Jesus.
If we knew for certain that today was the last day we would be alive on earth, how would we spend it? Knowing tomorrow we would meet Jesus, surely we would do a thorough soul search, and make sure we would confess all sins and ask Jesus for forgiveness. If we had wronged someone, surely we would do our best to ask forgiveness and make restitution if necessary. Or if someone had wronged us, we would make sure that person is forgiven – after all, if tomorrow we are meeting Jesus, what would we care what had been done or said about us? We would not be acting or talking like the world, but would be praising the Lord for what He has done and how He has saved us. We would be contacting everyone that we could who is close to us, telling them how much we love them. We would be telling people to get ready to meet Jesus. Oh, the list goes on and on.
However, the following story is how we should NOT be living each and every day, if it were our last.
Let me give you a sad story that would have be tragic when it comes to meeting the Lord. My parents told a story from many years ago. I will relate it as well as I remember. Two brothers were living and working together. They had a serious disagreement, resulting in non-communication. One day one brother had a serious fatal accident and was either dead or dying. His brother went to him and offered some type of apology. However, he added, that if his brother lived, this apology was to be cancelled.
Let us live each day as if it were our last.